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In 1970 Miles Davis had just thrown down the electric gauntlet with the "Bitches Brew" album, released three months before Gordon recorded an album called The Panther. The whole fusion 70s was about to unfold in a blur of odd meters, 16th notes, funk rhythms and bleak times for those musicians who remained on a more straightahead path, but The Panther found Gordon burning through three standards and three originals with no less than our old pal Tommy Flanagan on piano and, for extra Jazz-Blues credit, the album closes with Lou Donaldson’s tune "Blues Walk." (Spend enough time in any one corner of the world, it seems, and all of the same people start walking through the door. Call it the Casablanca Principle.)
Somehow, as funk and fusion blew through the decade, scooping up the Freddie Hubbards and Herbie Hancocks of the world, Gordon, who came of age a short generation earlier, just kept making badass small-group jazz records like this one, all the way up until his demise in 1990 - by which time jazz musicians half his age had begun to find such music fashionable again.